Saturday’s 62-61 Section 7A quarterfinal playoff loss at UMD’s Romano Gym was the end of more than one era for the Wrenshall boys basketball team.
Esko’s defense was the biggest threat in the defending Class AA champions’ 57-30 victory over the underdog Warriors at Romano Gymnasium.
The Barnum boys basketball team is as good as any in Class AA this season. In fact, the Bombers commonly have the game well in hand by the halftime break.
Fouled on a potential game-tying 3-point attempt with no time on the clock, Bjporn Broman’s second free throw fell off the rim and to the floor as the Fond du Lac Ogichidaa outlasted the Lions 93-91 in an epic Section 7A quarterfinal last Saturday evening before a filled Romano Gymnasium marked by thrills on one side and tears on the other.
DULUTH—For the past two years in boys basketball, Hermantown’s Kole Zuidmulder has watched Cloquet celebrate after the Lumberjacks ended the Hawks’ seasons. The do-it-all senior forward found sweet revenge, as Zuidmulder scored a game-best 21 points en route to carrying the Hawks to a convincing 81-47 win over Cloquet in a Section 7AAA semifinal Tuesday night before a crowded Duluth Denfeld High School gym.
Cloquet (17-9) enters the postseason as the defending Section 7AAA champion, knowing what it takes to win a title. If that weren’t enough, the Lumberjacks are arguably the hottest team within the field, winning their final four games and averaging more than 75 points per night.
As the boys basketball playoffs begin across the state this week, the Section 7A trophy may end up going to the team that can put up points the fastest.
Kaylee McMillen isn’t the biggest girls’ basketball player on the court. In fact, more times than not, the 5-foot-2 Cloquet senior guard is often the smallest. Yet, it was as small a play as a steal — and the ensuing layup — that proved to be the biggest spark in the Lumberjacks’ 51-40 comeback win at Moose Lake Tuesday.
To win his Section 7AA individual wrestling semifinal match against Chisago Lakes Area’s Aaron Sistrunk last Friday in Virginia, Cloquet’s Conner Denman went to the lower-left ankle for a decisive takedown.
Cheyanne Johnson, the only senior on the Barnum girls basketball roster, said she got a gift bag with posters, photos and memories from her teammates last week on Senior Night.